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Piracy incidents drop to lowest level in 30 years

According to the latest piracy report of the ICC International Maritime Bureau, global incidents of piracy fell in the first half of the year to the lowest reported level in nearly 30 years. The report referred to ‘cautious’ gains in the Gulf of Guinea, where 12 incidents were reported.

The report details a total of 58 incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in the first six months of 2022. This was the lowest total since 1994 and down from 68 incidents during the same period last year.

IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) received reports of 55 vessels boarded, two attempted attacks and one vessel hijacked from January through June. There were no crew kidnappings.

“Not only is this good news for the seafarers and the shipping industry it is positive news for trade which promotes economic growth,” said IMB Director Michael Howlett. “But the areas of risk shift and the shipping community must remain vigilant. We encourage governments and responding authorities to continue their patrols which create a deterrent effect.” (IMO piracy photo)

 

 

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